Monday, June 11, 2012

We are proud to be a part of Laura Kaye’s “SEDUCED BY THE VAMPIRE KING TOUR” today. This is such a special event for us, and are thrilled to spread the word about this amazing series we absolutely love. So give us a moment of your time because you don’t want to put these books on your TBR list, you’ll want to read them right away.

1.   Let’s start by letting our followers hear a bit about yourself and your writing career. 

I would love to! And thanks so much for hosting me here! I write paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance and have seven books published so far (my eighth releases in July). My current release is Seduced by the Vampire King, the second book in my Vampire Warrior Kings mini-series. I’m also a wife, mom of two young girls (ages 8 and almost 6), college history professor, Marylander, and complete vampire addict! 

2.   Tell us about the hot VAMPIRE WARRIOR KINGS series starting with the first one, IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING. 

The Vampire Warrior Kings series will be a mini-series of four roughly 80-100-page novellas focusing on the remaining vampire kings and their struggles to find love and happiness in the midst of warfare with the Soul Eaters, evil immortals who exsanguinate their human victims and then steal their souls by eating their hearts. In the Service of the King follows Warrior King Kael MacQuillan on the night of a ritual feeding ceremony called The Proffering, which is necessary to maintain his immortality and humanity and give his warriors permission to feed. He loathes having to do it.

3.   Kael is a very bullheaded character, (wasn’t happy when he sent Shayla away) what do you think would have happened if she had left? Would Kael have kept his walls in place and not gone after her? 

I think he would’ve tried to stay away from her. Being the alpha male that he is, he’d already perfected a beat-yourself-up suffer-in-silence kind of attitude. However, the blood magic that had already started working between them would’ve weakened his resolve eventually… Fun question! 

4.   Give us the goods about the just released second read of the series, SEDUCED BY THE VAMPIRE KING. 

Seduced by the Vampire King offers a twist on an enemies-to-lovers story. Warrior King Nikolai Vasilyev wants nothing more than vengeance after the deaths of his brothers. Katherine Bordessa has fled 5,000 miles from her home to escape a life serving vampires, only to stumble upon one on a dark street. Here’s the blurb: 

American exchange student Kate Bordessa has fled to Russia to escape her family's hopes that she'll become one of the Proffered, human women who feed and mate with elite vampire warriors. But when she stumbles upon a wounded vampire in the streets of Moscow, she's instinctively driven to protect him--and feels an undeniable spark of desire.
Grieving over the deaths of his brothers, Vampire Warrior King Nikolai Vasilyevhas thrown himself into battling his enemies, focused only on vengeance. Until the attack that brought him to Kate. Their sexual attraction explodes into anight of uncontrolled passion--a night that marks them as mates. Is their connection strong enough to convince them to embrace a destiny neither of them was expecting? 

5.   The covers for these books are so YUMMY! Do you have any input on them? 

Thank you! I have input, but very little “say” in the end result. Harlequin has a very detailed online form authors have to complete that tells the cover artists everything they could possibly want to know about the hero, heroine, setting, tone of the story, etc. But what the end result actually is is a complete surprise when I see it! 

6. What is the playlist for SEDUCED BY THE VAMPIRE KING? We have heard you don’t like to listen to music while you write, so how do you use your playlists in your writing process? 

This was one of the few books I didn’t have a Playlist for. That was in part because, due to other deadlines, I had to write it so fast I just didn’t have the time for it to percolate. I’d have to say, though, that The Fray’s “Say When,” which really inspired me for the first book in this series, does have the right feel for this story also. In general, I listen to music a lot while driving or doing things around the house, and the “feel” of the songs and the lyrics definitely get my brain moving on whatever I’m currently writing. I find lyrics in particular very inspirational. 

7.   Your family believes in the supernatural, and we are sure you have some very interesting stories. Could you tell us one, and have you ever considered using one in your writing? 

Sure! Let’s see…when I was 17 we lived in a very small town in a townhouse right on Main Street. In the house next to us, two elderly sisters lived, Miss Patty and Miss Betty. Miss Betty had been in the hospital for about two weeks and it was serious. One weekend, I got money from my mother to walk down to the McDonald’s to get lunch. I left out the back door to cut through our back yard. When I got down to the sidewalk, I looked up and saw Miss Betty walking up the sidewalk in her yard. I said hello to her and told her I was glad she was home, and she smiled. I rushed to McDonald’s, excited to get back and tell my mom, who was close to both sisters, that Miss Betty was home. When I got back, I called for her and told her the news. She went sheet white, and I realized she was upset. She told me what I saw was impossible, because Miss Patty had just called to tell her Betty had died at the hospital that morning.  

True story! And I have considered writing a story using a lot of the ghost stories in my family’s history. Just haven’t gotten to it yet! 

8.   What traits/characteristics do you like to find in the characters you write about? Have you ever been unhappy with one of your characters because he didn’t have some traits you wanted him to? 

I like characters that make you feel something about them, who engage your emotions. I’m not sure if there are specific traits I want them all to have, necessarily, because every character is different and requires different characteristics to be fully drawn and true to themselves and the story. It’s my characters that usually come to me first, and they tell me what the story is. By the time I sit down to write, I usually feel that I know the characters pretty well, although they certainly have surprised me with things they did or choices they made. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced being disappointed in a character for that reason. They just are who they are, to me! 

9.   What projects are you working on now that you would like to share with us? 

In addition to Seduced by the Vampire King, I’m in the middle of a tour for my new contemporary romance, Her Forbidden Hero. And I’m also gearing up for the July 10 release of West of Want, book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series based on Greek mythology—this will be my first book to release to physical bookstores, and I’m just thrilled. Up next to write include a follow-up story to Her Forbidden Hero, another vampire warrior kings story (this one will be set in Tromso, Norway!), and a novella in the Anemoi world. So, it’s never a dull moment! 

10. Is there anything you would like to tell our followers about yourself or your wonderful reads? 

Just, thank you so much to the readers for giving my stories a chance and bringing my characters to life! I couldn’t do it without you! Oh, and, GIVEAWAY – one commenter who leaves their email address will win an ebook of Seduced by the Vampire King. I would love to know if any of YOU have a cool ghost story to share! *grins*
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Seduced by the Vampire King Excerpt:

He couldn’t let himself be seduced by an impossible idea. He sprung to his feet and made for the door, still open from his earlier rushed entry. “I have to go.”
“Why?” She followed after him, the alluring beat of her heart and intoxicating femininity revealing her place within the room.
He couldn’t stop, couldn’t reply, couldn’t look at her. If he did, there’d be no going back.
He grasped the edge of the door.
Small hands fisted in the back of his shirt. “Wait. Why are you leaving? I mean, did I—”
He halted, heart slamming against his sternum, fangs stretched out and aching. “Release me,” he rasped.
She heaved a shaky breath he felt against his arm. “I…can’t.”
“Release. Me,” he said louder. Competing emotions warred within him until he thought he might split apart.
It was his name rolling off her tongue that did it.
He whirled and buried his hands in her hair. He pulled her to him, causing them both to stumble, and he backed her into the ancient bars of the door. It clicked shut, sealing them in and cutting off the last of his restraint.
Tilting her head back, Nikolai devoured her mouth. His lips sucked, his tongue explored, his fangs rubbed against her moist flesh. Oh, God, she was so sweet and warm and wet. He stepped into her, forcing their bodies together from chest to thighs. And, dammit, she was soft everywhere he was hard.
Her hands curled around his neck and climbed into his hair, fingers tangling and tugging. She pulled him in tighter and surrendered to the kiss. She met him stroke for stroke, their tongues curling and twining together.
And Nikolai no longer knew who was surrendering to whom.

About Laura Kaye:

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner for Best Romance Novella, Forever Freed is the NJRW Golden Leaf Winner for Best Paranormal of 2011 and is a finalist for two GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Awards, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, is a finalist for a FF&P PRISM award, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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  1. I usually experience a floral fragrance in my bedroom when I have a 'visitor', and my husband finds coins in his bed, but I once saw an apparition.
    I'd been married for about two weeks. My husband and I were looking out our glass sliders for our dog when a dense, white mist moved out of the trees and stopped at the edge of our yard. It stayed their for several minutes. My husband said, "I've never seen anything like that before. It's weird, but for some reason it makes me feel good."
    I agreed. It gave me a peaceful feeling.
    After it disappeared, I got a call from my mother to tell me that my grandmother, who had raised me, had died in her sleep. I like to think she was saying good-bye.

  2. Sandra - your story gave me chills! That's a great story! I've experienced the coins thing, too. Pennies all over my house. I think it was my mom. Thanks for commenting!

  3. I LOVE IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING so I am very excited to read SEDUCED BY THE VAMPIRE KING. I am a big fan and enjoy your work.
    Thank You So Much

  4. Hi Laura, I loved Seduced by the Vampire King and even went back and bought the first book- In the Service of the King. Looking forward to more. Thank you for stopping by today.
    My story, well when I was 13 y/o my step-dad passed away at home. He was a big sports nut and would have both tv sets in the house on two different sports, so he would go back and forth between rooms watching both games. I can remember very soon after he passed and many times afterwards, I would see him walking up and down the hall going from room to room just like he used to do on the weekends when the games were on. I never felt scared about what I was seeing, it was actually a calming feeling knowing that he was still with me

    1. Aw, Wendy, that's an amazing story! My arms are covered in goosebumps! Thanks for commenting!

  5. I haven't had the chance to read your books yet but I must say they sound great. They will be going in my TBR pile for sure. Thanks for stopping by and the great interview.

  6. I already have the book so please don't enter me in the contest. I just wanted to say that I enjoyed the interview and I loved the first Vampire King book. I like how each is set in a different exotic (to me) place.

    Looking forward to the rest of the series!

  7. I don't have any ghost stories to tell! How boring am I?!
    Congrats on the new release!

    P.S:I love the fray too =D


  8. Laura, your ghost story gave me goosebumps (and Sandra's too!) Congrats on your release - wishing you many sales!

  9. My Story is more in a dream But still feels real and I still do this day believe it.. I'm walking in a park and look over and see my oldest child father sitting on a bench and starts to walk towards me.. i walk faster because he's been dead for months.. He tells me to file survivor benefits for her.. I didnt want to do it.. because i knew his window would fight it.. He was like why you running.. I said because your dead.. he says DUH.. but this is my only way of taking care of my child.. So when i woke I filed and she the widow fought it.. But in the long run My child was approved and I had a feeling he was happy.

    1. Aw, LT, that's a great story! Still taking care of you!

  10. I AM IN LOVE WITH IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING..... I Cant Wait To Get It. I Do Have A Ghost Story To Share With You This Happened To Me When I Was 15 Years Old. My Sisters and I was playing outside it was summer and that day was really really hot. So my older sister suggested we go to the store to get a cold soda. We raced to the house to ask mom if it was ok for us to drive to the store. Well as soon as we reached the house I became ill with a bad migraine. My mom gave me a Tylenol 3 and sent me to bed where I fell asleep instantly. I started to dream that my sister wreaked the car into a tree It was like i was there in the back seat watching the whole thing happen. I saw my lil sister crawl out the window while my older sister was trying to keep her in the car and all i did was cry. I was there when the ambulance and my parents came. I was Awoken by a loud knock at the door it was my neighbor coming to let me know my sisters had indeed wreaked the car and was being taken to the hospital and my dad was on his way to get me to meet them there. It was very shocking for me to know i seen the whole thing in a dream. My older sister who was the driver suffered a broken jaw and a few cuts and bruises and my lil sister suffered a concision and minor scrapes and bruises and cuts to the forehead the doctor said they was lucky to be alive. To this day I still remember the accident every detail of it.

    April Alvey

    1. I Cant Wait To Get SEDUCED BY THE VAMPIRE KING I Must Have Deleted It From My Comment Lol

    2. I totally believe in this April! Thanks for sharing your story! Gave me goosebumps! :)

  11. I don't have any stories to share, but I do believe there are things that happen that we can't explain. Thanks for sharing your story Laura.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

    gfc: Julianne

  12. Great post! I live out in the country and there is an extremely old barn on the property, but unfortunately no ghost stories to share. We have the set-up, but nothing supernatural to share.

  13. I've loved reading the comments almost as much as I loved reading your interview. Wow! I haven't read any of your work but can't wait!

    At the time we had lived in Florida and I was driving my daughter (teenager at the time) to her friends and we were talking about communicating from beyond the grave. We were laughing because she was saying that she didn't want the "deceased" to just pop up and talk to her. She'd rather have a sign "like a peanut"left around for her to see - yes she said "like a peanut" :) - After dropping her off I headed back home. After getting out of the car I started up the walk, which is L shaped from the drive to the front door, and there sitting in the middle of the walk at the turning point was a big peanut still in the shell. Of course I called my daughter right away and we both agreed that it was my Mother saying hi.

    1. That's EXACTLY how the pennies all over my house over the course of 3-4 days felt, Laura! Thanks for your nice comment! Glad you're enjoying! :)

  14. I've loved the nocturne series for years. I'm craving to read your latest book. I have never read your work and I'm looking forward to changing that.


  15. Love your books, Laura!

    My ghost story didn't happen to me but involves the house I grew up in. After my mom died we moved my dad in with us and sold their house. It was a year later and the new owner called with question about stuff happening in the house. I had removed the carpet on the stairs and repaired and painted them as part of getting the house ready to sell. Bob (owner) told me that at random times during the day they would hear footsteps going up and down the stairs. It was only him and his wife in the house and they would be together. Also, one evening his wife and grandson were sitting on the porch with the porch light on. Suddenly the light went out. She thought it had burned out or such but the switch in the house had been flipped instead. She thought Bob had been playing a trick on them but he was talking with their daughter in the livingroom. He was curious if we had ever experience that. We hadn't but it was all tied into things my mom would do. Her sewing room was upstairs and she was always going up there to sew or read or just watch out the windows (there were 8 of them in one room). Mom also sat on the porch and kept an eye on the neighborhood especially when kid were out playing. She would do this even at night without the porch light on. I like to think mom's letting them know how to take care of the neighborhood. After I explained about mom they let her know they understood what she wanted they haven't had any more events.


    1. And...goosebumps again! Thanks for sharing your story, Susan!

  16. hey my ghost story didn't happen to me but to my sister my aunt worked at this big church in north Carolina and i heard it was haunted the church is three stores up and my sister was coming down the steps and she got down to the bottom and she turn around to the wall and there was a little boy standing there looking at her and there wasn't any kids there at the time and she took off running, it scared her so bad. and it stills give me goosebumps. here is my email

    1. That one gave me the chills, too, Katie! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Thanks for all the great comments, guys, I enjoyed reading them!